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Is the contraceptive pill polluting our environment?

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

It is really way too early in the day to read a story like the one I just came upon. It upsets me. A great deal. It is so far fetched that at first I assumed it to be a spoof, but alas, it seems to be for real.  In the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, claims that the pill “has for some years had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature” through female urine. HohKay!

But it gets better: “We have sufficient evidence to state that a non-negligible cause of male infertility in the West is the environmental pollution caused by the pill,” he continues.

Can’t you just picture the circle of purple robed men, the pope wearing Prada (the combined cost of these garbs could probably feed a small nation for a year) , saying things like “brimstone and hellfire have lost their charm, let’s try another approach”? And isn’t an implied threat to the male psyche just the thing!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against large families, I was, after all, raised Catholic, but I also saw the questionable result of preaching abstinence in the number of children our neighbors brought forth. One of my best friends in school had 18 siblings when we lost touch. The difference in that family however was the fact that the parents wanted many kids – I later heard that the cardinal came to the baptism of their 20th child. My real objection to the article in the Vatican paper in this case is not as much about the Vatican’s objection to contraception of any sort, which is another story altogether, but the underhandedness of this story.

One sentence in the above mentioned article made me somewhat happy though – “Millions of Catholics distanced themselves from Rome as a result” . Way to go!